Social Science Approaches for Research and Engagement in Health Policy & Systems (SHAPES)
TWG election 2017

Social Science Approaches for Research and Engagement in Health Policy & Systems (SHAPES) is a Thematic Working Group (TWG) within Health Systems Global, founded in 2011. The current governance structure of SHAPES consists of four co-chairs (Kabir Sheikh, Johanna Hanefeld, Bruno Marchal and Govelieve van Heteren) and a secretary (Kerry Scott). Health Systems Global has developed a document to support TWGs, which suggests:

  • TWGs hold elections every two years to renew their leadership
  • TWGs have three leadership positions

As SHAPES co-leads, we propose moving from our current governance structure (four co-leads and a secretary) to a structure more in line with HSG's guidance. To this end, we are initiating a SHAPES election to select two co-chairs and a coordinator.

We look forward to hearing from those interested in taking up a leadership role in SHAPES.

Best wishes, Kerry on behalf of SHAPES co-chairs Kabir, Godelieve, Johanna & Bruno

Individuals running for a TWG leadership position must meet the following eligibility criteria:
  • All TWG leadership positions must be HSG members and preferably should be representatives of different WHO regions to assure diversity
  • Professional interest and good standing in the subject matter focus of the TWG
  • Commitment to serve a full two-year term
  • Willingness to spend/donate the time required
  • Support from employers to play the leadership role
  • English language fluency
  • Spoken and written communication skills
  • Knowledge of other organizations involved in the topic
  • Co-chairs:
    • Chair TWG meeting
    • Assure diversity and engagement across TWG membership
    • Lead the development of an annual work plan
    • Lead the planning and implementation of TWG activities
    • Monitor the implementation of TWG activities
    • Serve as the primary point of contact with the HSG Secretariat
    • Serve as the public face of the TWG to external audiences
    • Identify funding needs and in close cooperation with the Secretariat develop strategies for fundraising
    • Participate in quarterly check-in with the HSG Secretariat
    • Submit annual reports to the Secretariat
    • Assure the TWG page on the HSG website is updated
    • Develop and implement an internal communications strategy for TWG members
    • Look for opportunities for cross TWG collaboration
  • Coordinator:
    • Organize calls/meetings (identifies convenient dates/times for the calls/meetings)
    • Take minutes at TWG meetings (for TWG's virtual business meetings and quarterly calls with HSG Secretariat) and distribute to HSG and TWG members
    • Maintain an updated mailing list of TWG
    • Oversee implementation of internal communications strategy
    • Implement process for selecting TWG leadership

To be eligible for a leadership position, you must be a paid HSG member (however, to vote in the election, you do not have to be a paid HSG member: all SHAPES members can vote). To run, candidates must submit:

  • A brief bio, maximum 100 words, which will be used on the HSG website if elected
  • Your current CV and photo
  • A one-page statement on why you would like this position and if elected what you would focus on.
The deadline to express interest in running and to provide these supporting documents is 25 March 2017. We will circulate the candidates' statements on 7 April 2017 and voting opens on 18 April 2017

The deadline to express interest in running and to provide these supporting documents is 25 March 2017. If you are interested in running or nominating someone as co-chair or coordinator, please email HSG Coordinator Nanuka Jalaghonia (n.jalaghonia@curatio.com) all required documents. You can also contact her if you would like more information.

We will circulate the candidates' statements on 7 April 2017 and voting opens on 18 April 2017.

Key Dates Calendar event
25 February 2017 TWG election is announced and candidate nominations invited
25 March The last date for candidate nominations
4 April 2017 The last date for candidate confirmation
7 April 2017 The names of confirmed nominated candidates are published
18 April 2017 Online voting starts / eligible voters are invited to vote
28 April 2017 Online voting closes
12 May 2017 The committee reviews the election outcomes and verifies the vote count
18 May 2017 The TWG leadership announces election outcomes